No evidence of Trump campaign-Russia collusion, committee Republicans say

Aaron Brown
March 13, 2018

The agencies have repeatedly asserted support for those findings, even as Trump's appointees took the helm.

"We found no evidence of collusion", Conaway said.

Committee Democrats fiercely oppose the decision to end the interview phase, insisting there are many more witnesses who need to be heard.

Conclusions reached by the Republicans in their draft report represent a break with the US intelligence community, which determined in January 2017 that part of the Kremlin's strategy was to help Trump's chances of winning.

Democrats erupted in anger after they were blindsided by the summary Republican officials released Monday. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, has offered less definitive statements on the issue.

Investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee are ongoing.

"House Republicans failing to perform an honest investigation into Russia's interference for President Trump marks a low point for Congress and political leadership in America", McMullin wrote on Twitter. They include former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Three Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals were indicted last month on charges of perpetrating an effort to interfere in the election. But he also said he believes Russian Federation favoured Trump over Clinton.

The Republican assigned to head the committee's Russian Federation probe, Representative Michael Conaway of Texas, said he believes all the findings of the report can be substantiated.

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"Republicans on the committee and in the House of Representatives think it is now time to conclude the panel's investigation, according to people familiar with the matter", the report said.

They've also been frustrated with former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

But he added: "We found no evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it colluded with the Russians".

Conway's announcement enraged Democrats, who have warned their Republican colleagues against ending the investigation.

Oh, well, there are still several other investigations going-including Mueller's.

The House Intelligence Committee has finished its interviews and research in the Russian Federation investigation and will begin working on its final report soon. The Democrats and Republicans have openly fought throughout the investigation, with Democrats suggesting a cover-up for a Republican president and one GOP member of the panel calling the probe "poison" for the previously bipartisan panel.

Did the committee do enough to look into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian election meddling?

Republicans, though, have argued that Democrats are stringing the investigation along to generate harmful headlines about members of the Trump team amid accusations they courted Russian help during the campaign.

Schiff also said the committee's work was far from complete.

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